College of Marin Inducts New Class to Athletic Hall of Fame

College of Marin

Honorees Reflect Rich History of College Sports

Kentfield, CA— May 28, 2013 —The rich legacy of seven athletic giants whose enthusiasm and athletic prowess influenced their sport and enriched the lives of many will be celebrated Saturday, June 1, at the fourth annual College of Marin Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony.
Saturday, June 1
5 p.m. – No-host social hour
6 p.m. – Buffet dinner and induction
The Lodge at Tiburon, 1651 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon
The event is sold out.
The sold-out event will honor several pioneers including Don Barksdale, who went on to be the first African-American U.S. Olympic basketball player (and Gold medalist in 1948); Elmer Collett, professional football player; Kathleen Smyth, who played on one of the college’s first women’s basketball teams; and Valerie Venezia DeMartini, a record-breaking runner who won the first state championship opened to girls in 1948.

Many of the inductees, who played, scored, rebounded, dashed, tackled and coached their hearts out returned years later to make significant contributions to the athletic program at the college.

“These are the people who have not only done great things in athletics but in their lives,” said Matt Markovich, director of Athletics and P.E. at College of Marin. “They’re great role models to show you can succeed here at College of Marin and go on to do great things and have great lives.”

The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees include:
Don Barksdale (Basketball and Track and Field 1940-1942)
Elmer Collett (Football 1962-1963)
Jim McGowan (Football, Cross Country, Wrestling, Tennis and Judo 1963-1998)
Fred Arnold (Basketball 1964-1966)
Jim Halm (Basketball 1964-1966)
Kathleen (Hanley) Smyth (Basketball and Tennis 1978 – present)
Veronica Venezia DeMartini (Track and Field 1983-1984)

“These Hall of Famers were the beginning of athletics at College of Marin,” Markovich said. “They show us where we came from. For our students, they get to see that they’re part of a family here and they’re also part of something bigger. They can achieve some great things by starting here and working hard in school and working hard in athletics.”

Among the celebrated inductees at the ceremony will also be a few other special guests, including Pam Barksdale, the sister of Don Barksdale who passed away in 1993, and Coach Cal Riemcke who played basketball with Barksdale in 1941 and 1942 and later coached COM teams to seven conference championships before continuing an illustrious career with other teams.

Entering into the Hall of Fame with so many people he once knew as students is a wonderful thing, said Jim McGowan. “I’m so proud of them. It’s a real honor for me to go to the Hall of Fame at the same time that they’re going in. I’m just tickled to death.”

This press release appears here.


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